1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hannah More

Elizabeth Carter to Elizabeth Montagu, 22 September 1783; Letters to Mrs. Montagu, ed. Montagu Pennington (1817) 3:202-03.



Have you seen Miss More's delightful Bas Bleu, Or the progress of Conversation? As to the title of the poem, do not you remember last winter, that Madam de Montier, (or some such name; she was however the French Ambassadress) desired somebody to introduce Monsieur-son Mari to the Bas bleu? This, I suppose, as the poem is addrest to Mrs. Vesey, induced Miss More to set Bas bleu at the head of it, but probably, as to most readers it will be unintelligible, it will not be suffered to stand if the poem is ever printed. You are mentioned in it, "mais cela va sans dine."